31 August, 2016

30 August, 2016

REVIEW: THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Series: Inheritance #1
Genres: High Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Orbit
Source: Physical book
Pages: 427


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Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

29 August, 2016

28 August, 2016

REVIEW: THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Series: -
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: ebook
Pages: 432


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Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

27 August, 2016

REVIEW: THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Title: These Vicious Masks
Author: Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
Series: These Vicious Masks #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: Paperback
Pages: 298

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SYNOPSIS: England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

26 August, 2016

REVIEW: NEVER, NEVER PART III by Colleen Hoover

Title: Never, Never Part 3
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Never, Never #3
Genres: YA, NA, Romance
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Source: ebook
Pages: 92

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New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.

Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything.

Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

25 August, 2016

24 August, 2016

23 August, 2016

REVIEW: NEVER, NEVER PART II by Colleen Hoover

Title: Never, Never Part II
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Never, Never #2
Genres: YA, NA, Romance
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Source: ebook
Pages: 158

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“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

22 August, 2016

MONDAY POEM: FIRE AND ICE by Robert Frost



Happy Monday fellow lovers of the literary word! Today we are jumping to the 20th century to read one of the most unique and interesting poem I have ever read! So without further ado:

Today we are reading

FIRE AND ICE by ROBERT FROST



21 August, 2016

20 August, 2016

REVIEW: INTO ME SEE by Peri Matthew

Title: Into Me See
Author: Peri Matthew
Series:
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: -
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 228

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SYNOPSIS: After a few hard kicks in the ribs, I’m left alone on the floor of the bathroom choking and trying to catch my breath. Through the searing pain in my lungs, I notice something strange: I’m not as devastated as I have been in the past after one of these run-ins.
I scurry as quietly as possible to my dorm to brush my teeth, wash and change quickly. Then, I go hide in my attic. I wonder what’s changed. Curling up on the century-old sofa that has held me in its comforting embrace after countless of these encounters in the past, I contemplate with a dawning wonder the newfound concept of choice.
And right at that moment, the feeling I had three weeks ago of being watched comes over me again.

19 August, 2016

REVIEW: PAPER BOATS by Erndell Scott


Title: Paper Boats
Author: Erndell Scott
Series: -
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction,
Publisher: Erich Scott Group
Source: Paperback
Pages: 441


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Set in the desperate turmoil of Germany during the final chapter of World War II, “Paper Boats” by Erndell Scott is an emotionally intense, theatrical, suspense-driven read, examining the inevitable crossing of ideology, prejudice and faith amongst the chaos of a decimated post-war culture. As each character strives to find their own safety from enemies and persecution, two nine-year-old boys, Otto, of Jewish faith, and Joseph, a fanatical Hitler Youth, the most unlikely of partners, find themselves saviors for one another. Companions cast in deep personal conflict that is entangled with deceit and betrayal, they are swept into an unforgiving journey and become bound to each other, challenging their individual perceptions of mankind, and unbeknownst to them, their very own hearts. As their journey unfolds, Otto’s hope wanes, Joseph’s hatred swells, and without warning, the steady menace of war unleashes an evil, the likes of which they have never witnessed before.

18 August, 2016

17 August, 2016

16 August, 2016

REVIEW: THIS SAVAGE SONG by V. E. Schwab

Title: This Savage Song
Author: V. E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Source: Paperback
Pages: 407

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SYNOPSIS: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

15 August, 2016

14 August, 2016

13 August, 2016

REVIEW: FINDING CINDERELLA by Colleen Hoover

Title: Finding Cinderella
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2.5
Genres: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Library book
Pages: 90


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A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

12 August, 2016

REVIEW: POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Mira
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 409


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About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

11 August, 2016

10 August, 2016

09 August, 2016

REVIEW: VINCENT, SURVIVOR by O. L. Eggert

Title: Vincent, Survivor
Author: O. L. Eggert
Series: Vincent series #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: O. L. Eggert
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 270

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SYNOPSIS: Vincent Li always assumed he’d die in Oakwood. If the local gangs didn’t get him, then cigarettes and alcohol eventually would.

Now, he’s pretty sure minotaurs will kill him instead, and if not them, the ghouls dragging people into the dark will.

In the wake of an unexplained spike in homicides, a masked figure opens portals to another world—a world filled with dangerous magic and mythological monsters. Creatures that shouldn’t exist suddenly do, and they don’t mix well with humans. Vincent is trapped in Oakwood as the city is torn apart, but he’s no stranger to violence and will do whatever it takes to survive.

08 August, 2016

MONDAY POEM: LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI by John Keats




Happy Monday dear readers, today we are meeting to discuss yet another beautiful poem by one of the most talented poets of all time:

Today we are reading

LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI by JOHN KEATS



07 August, 2016

06 August, 2016

REVIEW: THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss

Title: The Name of The Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1
Genres: High Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Physical book
Pages: 662


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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

05 August, 2016

REVIEW: 1984 by George Orwell

Title:1984
Author: George Orwell
Series: -
Genres: Classic, Science Fiction
Publisher:  Signet Classics
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 268


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The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

04 August, 2016

03 August, 2016

02 August, 2016

REVIEW: MAGIC BITES by Illona Andrews

Title: Magic Bites
Author: Illona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
Publisher: Ace
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 260


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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

01 August, 2016

MONDAY POEM: A POISON TREE by William Blake



Hello my fellow readers. Today we are starting a new meme called MONDAY POEM, where I will be posting poems that I find influential, inspirational, beautiful or simply too weird to ignore. During my studies of English literature, I was introduced to so many wonderful and meaningful poems that shaped my love for the written word and things surrounding me. So every Monday I will suggest a poem for you, dear readers, provide a little information about the author and give my thoughts about it. I really hope that every Monday you will fall in love with a new poem together with me :)

Today we are reading

A POISON TREE by WILLIAM BLAKE